The Macchi M.16 was a light, single-seat aircraft designed by Alessandro Tonini and produced by Macchi in Italy in 1919.

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Role Sport aircraft
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Macchi
Designer Alessandro Tonini
First flight 1919

Design and developmentEdit

The M.16 was a single-bay biplane with unstaggered wings and a largely conventional design except for an unusually deep fuselage that extended in a bulge below the lower wing. The M.16 was developed in parallel with the Macchi M.20, a two-seat civil trainer aircraft which it resembled and with which it shared many common features.[1]

The M.16 proved a successful sporting type, setting an altitude record of 3,770 m (12,370 ft) in 1920 while competing for the Coppa Mappelli ("Mapelli Cup"), and winning first prize in the competition in 1921.

The United States Navy purchased three float-equipped examples for evaluation as communication floatplanes.


  Kingdom of Italy
  • Private users
  United States


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1, pilot
  • Length: 4.43 m (14 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 2.12 m (7 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 11.3 m2 (122 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 160 kg (350 lb)
  • Gross weight: 260 kg (570 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Anzani air-cooled radial , 22 kW (30 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 165 km/h (103 mph, 90 kn)
  • Range: 420 km (260 mi, 230 nmi)

See alsoEdit

Related development

Related lists


  1. ^ "Macchi M.20". Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni (in Italian). Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 617.
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